Aug102009

Labor Day in Minneapolis and Starwood’s Hotel Ivy

Offer: 3rd Night Free rates at 70 Luxury Collection Hotels around the globe.

Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection Promotion Link.

 

Starwood Hotels has offered a 3rd night free deal for several years.  The primary disadvantage of the 3rd night free is the condition of prepaid and nonrefundable rate. Whether the 3rd night free deal is a good value will depend on the specific hotel dates of stay. My findings over the past couple of years has shown 3rd night free is often a great deal for paid hotel suites compared to other available published rates.

 

The 3rd night free offer used to be a hit or miss reasonable deal. Usually I find a better AAA rate or lower rate special offer.

 

In continuing my week-long survey of hotel rates around the USA for Labor Day weekend, Loyalty Travler takes a closer look at the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis. The 3rd night free offers some good rate savings, but not the best deal unless you book a higher category room.

 

Hotel Ivy – Minneapolis  (Hotel webpage link)

(SPG Category 4 hotel also available using points for 10,000 points  or $60 + 4,000 points per night)

 

Hotel Ivy is a downtown Minneapolis luxury hotel associated with the historic Ivy Tower and offers 136 guest rooms including 21 suites. The rooms are larger than your average hotel room.  Grande Deluxe and Junior Suite rooms are sizeable at over 500 square feet. A Starwood Platinum member can expect a room upgrade and will get a significant elite value bump if placed in a one room suite or Executive Suite category room.

 

Hotel Ivy is an example where the 3rd night free rate is not the best deal for lowest category rooms at the Superior and Grand Deluxe room types.

 

Hotel Ivy has an even better value rate for these low category, high style rooms with the Holiday Package special offer including:

1.       free valet parking,

2.      4pm late checkout, and  

3.      day before arrival cancellation policy.

 

Once you get to the Junior Suite and higher categories there are savings with the 3rd Night free offer, but remember these rates are prepaid and nonrefundable.

 

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 4-7, Labor Day weekend

Room Category

Room Size

3rd Night free rate

Other Rates

Superior Room,

 

380 sq ft

$166/night

$498/3-night rate

Holiday Package

(Best Deal)

$139/night or

$417/3-night rate

Grand Deluxe,

550 sq ft

$199/night

$598/3-night rate

Holiday Package

$189/night

$567/3-night rate

Junior Suite

538 sq. ft.

$698/3-night rate

Holiday Package $239/night

$717/3-night rate

 

 

One Bedroom Suite

733 Sq. Ft.

Not shown

$613/2-nights

Better Tomorrows

Executive Suite

920 sq. ft

$1,598/3-night rate

Best deal

$1,138 (2-nights)

Better Tomorrows

(SPG 50 = $775/night)

Grand Suite

1,173 sq. ft.

$3,600/3-night rate

$2,700 (2-nights)

Better Tomorrows

 

Penthouse

Bi-level suite, 1,900 sq ft with city view balcony

$6,000/3-night rate

$4,500 (2-nights)

Better Tomorrows

 

Superior King $498 for 3 nights = $166/night with the 3rd Night Free rate.

Room Features: 380 square feet, Deep Sunken Tub/sep Shower, Down/feather Pillows, Armoire Closet, High Ceiling

 

The Holiday Package special rate is a better deal and saves $30 per night for this room category. The Holiday Package can be booked for less than 3 nights.

$139 per night for Superior King or $417 for 3 nights using Holiday Package rate includes valet parking.

 

$189 Grand Deluxe (Holiday Package)

Room Features: 550 square feet. Contemporary Decor with Art Deco. Hardwood Floors Lead Into Bedroom, Deep Soaking Tub With Separate Shower.

LT comment: 550 Sq Ft. is a large hotel room and will feel spacious.  This is fine urban living.

 

$239 Junior Suite King Holiday Package rate

Room features: Contemporary Decor With Art Deco, Hardwood Floors In Foyer. Separate Working Area With Chaise Lounge. 538 Sq Ft.

LT comment: The Grande Deluxe is $50 lower rate than junior suite for a smaller room?

 

Loyalty Traveler called SPG and checked 50% rack rates for Hotel Ivy available for 1,000 Starpoints. There were no savings found using 50% rack rate offer.

 

Other Starwood hotels in Minneapolis also have some really low rates if a city getaway is more your style than an outdoor living Labor Day weekend.

 

Minneapolis Starwood Hotels for Labor Day Weekend

W Minneapolis-The Foshay

Cheapest room $90/night

Prepaid, nonrefundable

Suite Deal:

Fantastic One Bedroom Suite

575 sq. ft. $230/night

Prepaid, nonrefundable

Westin Minneapolis

Lowest Published rate:

$96.75 /night Executive Room (AAA)

 

$111.75 (AAA) Grand Deluxe

 

 

Pay rates = Birth Year

 

$139 Grand Deluxe 1st night; if born 1950 then pay $50 for night 2 and $50 for night 3.

Aloft Minneapolis

$76/night

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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